I learned long before the age of 25 if someone said, “I know this guy. You’d be perfect together.” Run! Fast! Despite how well meaning friends are and that sweet lady at church whose grandson is single, giving them a shot at matching you up is usually disastrous.
On one such occasion, when I was apparently brain dead I said, “O.k. I’ll go out on a blind date with him.”
Boy was I an idiot!
Not only did the guy and I pretty much despise each other, he couldn’t even be a gentleman. By the end of the appetizer, I told him, “I don’t think this was such a good idea.”
When I left the restaurant I remember thinking my friend must of thought I was a total loser if she thought he was perfect for me. Shiver.
Every community has a meddler, matchmaker or well meaning villain. Usually they are sweet and innocent and truly want the best for you. Problem is, they rarely know what that is.
In our novels, there are lots of opportunities to use an unsuspecting villain to create conflict. They pop up when we are running a bit plot flat to add another thread.
Here are just a few ways to use the unsuspecting villain to ramp up the tension:
*The matchmaker. This is the one who tries to set you up on blind dates. Maybe they get in between your character and the man she really loves. Maybe she thinks it is the worst guy, but it turns out he saves her and they fall in love.
*The Meddler. This is the one, sometimes a parent or friend who tries to do something that helps us, but it turns around to bite us. Maybe they get in the way of your character’s love life because they don’t trust the person and try to push you apart for your own good. Maybe they talk to your boss, an old friend to try to have you reassigned from a case because they don’t want you in danger.
*The Gossip. Usually this unsuspecting villain isn’t looking out for our best interest, but they can be an unsuspecting villain at certain times. Maybe they share information with someone that puts your character at risk, or they gossip about something they misunderstood that isn’t true.
*Parking Spot Thief. This is a small time unsuspecting villain, but they can be used to ramp up the tension if because they took your character’s parking spot your character had to park in the darker part of the ramp where they had been previously attacked.
*The Boss or Coworker. Denying vacation pay or refusing to cover a shift could result in tension if it made your character chose between their job and someone they love. The coworker might also get you in trouble with the boss without meaning to.
What are some other unsuspecting villains you can think of, or what is the worst blind date you’ve ever been on?